Online course on Water and Sanitation in Urban Humanitarian Context

This course provides an overview of urban humanitarian context, its complexities; discusses systemic approach to water and sanitation and develop a water and sanitation plan/project for long-term response.

For whom?

Students aiming to diversify their learning pathway with humanitarian WASH knowledge; Professionals from the humanitarian WASH aiming to improve their competencies for career development; Professionals from the water and sanitation sector (private, public or nongovernmental sectors) aiming to expand their expertise to the humanitarian sector.


You are required to complete Units 1 to 5 of the Building a Better Response online training ( before the start of the course. This free training consists of 5 self-paced units covering (some of) the basic humanitarian system structures and should take between 8-10 hours to complete.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 17 January 2022
End: 20 May 2022
Duration: 18 weeks
ECTS credit points: 5
Deadline IHE application: 05 May 2021 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 1065
Course is full

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Discuss complexities in an urban humanitarian context;
  2. Outline the competencies and accompanying behaviours that underpin effective action in urban humanitarian context;
  3. Explain water and sanitation system and various options (technologies) at each component of the system, contextualised for an urban humanitarian context;
  4. Develop a water and sanitation response plan/project (long-term), incorporating humanitarian and developmental needs;

Course content

Participants will be able to address the complexities and adopt a water and sanitation system approach in developing a water and sanitation response plan/project (long-term) for an urban humanitarian context.

This will be achieved through:

  • an overview of crisis in urban humanitarian contexts and the complexities, aided by an urban competency framework
  • water and sanitation system approach, with a technical focus on infrastructure(s) ‘beyond-households’, i.e. collection/distribution networks, storage, emptying and transport, treatment etc.
  • a case study to develop a holistic water and sanitation response plan/project in an urban humanitarian context aligned with developmental needs


Urban humanitarian context

  • Urban humanitarian crisis and complexities – (i) Major humanitarian crises affecting urban areas and six specific types of urban crises and (ii) Four themes/complexities within urban humanitarian context
  • Urban competency framework
  • Good practices of response in urban humanitarian context

Water and sanitation system

  • Water supply system – (i) water source; (ii) water treatment and (iii) water transport and distribution - Sanitation system (waste water) – (i) wastewater collection and (ii) wastewater treatment
  • Sanitation system (Faecal Sludge) – (i) Faecal Sludge emptying and transport and (ii) Faecal Sludge treatment
  • Water and sanitation stakeholders in urban humanitarian context
  • Alternative energy supplies for water and sanitation in urban humanitarian context

Planning for a water and sanitation response (long-term)

  • Context analysis
  • Need assessment
  • Sustainability approach for urban water and sanitation
  • Water and sanitation response plan


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